Note: As of this writing, the original Universal theatrical and/or TV teaser trailer(s) for “The Shadow of the Cat” (1961) is unavailable on YouTube and/or any other video streaming platform. –C.H.
The 1961 classic Hammer/Universal horror-mystery masterpiece was directed by veteran screenwriter and feature film and television director John Gilling. Gilling previously directed the classic Columbia Pictures crime drama masterpiece production of “The Man Inside” (1958) with Jack Palance, Anita Ekberg, Anthony Newley and Donald Pleasence. Gilling also directed the classic British independent horror-thriller-mystery masterpiece production of “The Flesh and the Fiends” (1960) with Hammer horror legend Peter Cushing, June Laverick, Donald Pleasence, Renee Houston and George Rose.
Produced by Hammer Films under the company’s “B.H.P. Productions” moniker, the 1961 production of “The Shadow of the Cat” was produced by veteran film producer-screenwriter Jon Pennington. Two years before working on “The Shadow of the Cat” (1961), Pennington served as an associate producer for Jack Arnold’s classic Columbia Pictures comedy masterpiece, “The Mouse That Roared” (1959) with Peter Sellers, Jean Seberg, a pre-“Doctor Who” William Hartnell, Leo McKern and David Kossoff. Four years after working on Gilling’s classic 1961 Hammer (B.H.P.)/Universal horror-mystery masterpiece, Pennington served as a producer for Jack Cardiff’s classic Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) action/adventure/spy comedy-spoof masterpiece film adaptation of John Gardner’s novel, “The Liquidator” (1965) with Rod Taylor, Jill St. John, Trevor Howard, Wilfrid Hyde-White and Eric Sykes.
The screenplay for Gilling’s classic Hammer/B.H.P./Universal horror-mystery masterpiece production of “The Shadow of the Cat” (1961) was written by veteran film and television screenwriter George Baxt. Three years before “The Shadow of the Cat,” Baxt wrote additional dialogue with veteran screenwriter Hurford Janes for Jimmy Sangster’s screenplay for Terence Fisher’s classic mammoth Hammer-Columbia monster/horror masterpiece production of “The Revenge of Frankenstein” (1958) with Peter Cushing, Michael Gwynn, Eunice Gayson and Francis Matthews.
This will mark Svengoolie’s fourth big broadcast of “The Shadow of the Cat” (1961) on Me-TV. He previously showcased Gilling’s classic Hammer/B.H.P./Universal horror-mystery masterpiece back in June 2014, July 2015 and Jan. 2017.
Who was in “The Shadow of the Cat” (1961)?
The players who appeared in Gilling’s classic Hammer (B.H.P.)-Universal horror/mystery masterpiece production of “The Shadow of the Cat” (1961) were Barbara Shelley (as Ruth Venable), André Morell (as Walter Venable), William Lucas (as Jacob Venable), Freda Jackson (as Clara), Conrad Phillips (as Michael Latimer), Richard Warner (as Edgar Venable), Vanda Godsell (as Louise Venable), Alan Wheatley (as Inspector Rowles), Andrew Crawford (as the butler Andrew), Catherine Lacey (as Ella Venable) and Kynaston Reeves (as the grandfather).